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Medical Coding Specialist Program Description

 

36 Weeks / 765 Clock Hours which includes 225 Clock Hours-Externship / 135 Additional Outside Clock Hours

900 Total Hours / 26.5 Semester Credits

 

The primary goal of the Medical Coding Specialist Program is to train students in the fundamental aspects of the industry, including understanding diseases and their impact on the body, diagnostics, treatments, procedures, anatomy and medical terminology. Through hands-on learning and experience, students become familiar with the contents of medical records and the industry-accepted processes for creating and indexing codes. Additionally, students can receive training in medical offices, clinics, hospitals and insurance companies, among others, to prepare them for entry level positions in the medical coding field.

 

The Medical Coding Specialist Program consists of four modules. Modules 1 through 3 may be taken in any order; however, module 4 must be taken at the end of the program.

 

 

The Medical Coding Specialist Program is available at the following campus:

  • Horn Lake, MS Campus

 

Upon Program Completion:

  • Students receive a Medical Coding Specialist Diploma.

 

Program Module Descriptions Are As Follows:

 


Modules can be taken in any order; however the externship module will always be taken last by the student.

 

 Module 1: Coding

 

MCS 101 Coding I

60 Clock Hours-Lecture / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

This subject introduces the student to Volumes I and II of the ICD-9 manual for diagnostic coding.  The student will learn the proper procedures for coding diagnoses, signs and symptoms, drugs, hypertension, and neoplasm tables.  An introduction to CPT and HCPCS will also be covered.

 

MCS 110 ICD-9 Coding and Modifiers 

30 Clock Hours-Lecture / 7.5 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1 Credit

This subject familiarizes the student with human anatomy and medical terminology.  Focus for medical coders will be on body systems.  Functions of the systems, diseases, diagnostic tests, treatments and medications are covered.  Common medical abbreviations will be introduced.

 

MCS 120 Healthcare Administration and Professional Management

30 Clock Hours-Lecture / 7.5 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1 Credit

This course is designed to help the student recognize the important role personal qualities play in the workplace.  This course is designed to also help the development of preparing the student for successful employment and promoting personal growth.

 

MED 121 Anatomy and Medical Terminology by Systems I 

60 Clock Hours-Lecture / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

This subject familiarizes the student with human anatomy and medical terminology.  Focus for medical coders will be on body systems.  Functions of the systems, diseases, diagnostic tests, treatments and medications are covered.  Common medical abbreviations will be introduced.

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 Module 2: Coding and Office Management

 

MCS 102 Coding II 

60 Clock Hours-Lecture / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

This course introduces the student to the next level of procedural coding which involves the CPT manual and its uses and contents, including Levels I, II & III coding modifiers.  This subject introduces students to DRGs and HCPCS billing procedures.

 

MCS 104 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and Medicine Coding

30 Clock Hours-Lecture / 7.5 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1 Credit

This course introduces the student to rules and regulations of billing in the HCPCS manual.  Students will also gain knowledge into basic pharmacology used in the medical coding field.  Students will also learn the proper billing techniques for the Medicine section in the Current Procedural Terminology manual.

 

COA 102 Computer Applications

30 Clock Hours-Lab / 7.5 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 1 Credit

Students will learn to use a computerized medical office software program. Included will be how to enter patient demographics, scheduling, posting accounts, printing reports, and working with claims.  Keyboarding theory and keyboarding skills necessary for the operation of computers and word processors are covered.

 

MED 122 Anatomy and Medical Terminology by Systems II 

60 Clock Hours-Lecture / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

The more complicated systems of the body and additional terminology are covered.  Functions of the systems as well as diseases, diagnostic tests, treatments, and medications are covered.

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 Module 3: Coding and Insurance

 

MCS 103 Coding III

60 Clock Hours-Lecture / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

This subject is a continuation of Medical Coding II covering CPT, HCPCs codes, DRGs, laboratory, pathology, and radiology codes.

 

MCS 210 Evaluation and Management-Principles and Applications 

15 Clock Hours-Lab / 3.75 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 0.5 Credit

Students will learn the key factors of evaluation and management code assignment and levels of evaluation and management service.  Students will learn to assign evaluation and management codes in this course and identify documentation guidelines.

 

MCS 240 Health Insurance/Billing and Office Procedures/Management of Health Records

30 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-L ab / 15 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2.5 Credits

The student will learn the billing practices of all major insurance companies, as well as commercial insurance.  Students will also understand the proper filing of HCFA and UB92 forms.  Emphasis is placed on the administrative skills necessary for the effective management of a medical business office.  Students will gain hands-on experience with patient records, management, insurance billing, computerized scheduling, transcription, and employee payroll.

This subject provides a variety of skills related to the management of health records, such as basic knowledge of medical abbreviations, and the law and ethics that surround the management and control of health records.

 

 MED 123 Anatomy and Medical Terminology by Systems III

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 11.25 Additional Outside Clock Hours / 2 Credits

The more complicated systems of the body and additional terminology are covered.  Functions of the systems as well as diseases, diagnostic tests, treatments, and medications are covered.

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 Module 4: Medical Coding Externship

 

MED 270 Externship

225 Clock Hours-Externship / 5 Credits

In the third module, students will meet with their respective externship coordinator to begin planning their externships. The externship is required for all students and must be completed to be eligible for graduation and to receive their diploma. To qualify for the externship phase of the program, a student must first have met the 2.0 G.P.A. or re-taking a subject, a score of 70% or above on the Comprehensive Class Room Final Exam, and have an over-all attendance of 90% in his or her medical courses.  All work is performed under the direct supervision of licensed medical personnel at the site in cooperation with DTC’s respective externship coordinator. 

Student will be scheduled for 225 hours at an extern site that has an externship agreement with DTC.  DTC currently has externship site agreements in place, and those sites have agreed to host medical coding students.  Externs are not entitled to compensation.

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Additional Information:

Upon successful completion of all coursework through the 30th week of classes, DTC will provide uniforms, which will be 3 polo shirts. Students will be able to purchase additional shirts as desired. Students will be asked to provide their own khaki pants (no capris or crop pants).  DTC will all pay dues for student membership in the AAPC upon successful completion of the first 30 weeks of class.

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